By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
5:35 PM EST, January 29, 2014
The Ravens will need to hire a new receivers coach.
Wide receivers coach Jim Hostler was hired today as the Buffalo Bills' senior offensive assistant, the Bills announced.
Hostler was a finalist for the Ravens' offensive coordinator job that went to former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Hostler's status was unresolved and that the team would potentially need a new receivers coach.
Two days later, Hostler has a new job. And the Ravens have vacancies at receivers coach and running backs coach. The Ravens are considering several options to fill those positions, including college football coaches, according to sources.
Hostler has coached in the NFL for 15 seasons, spending the past six years as the Ravens' receivers coach.
Since entering the NFL in 2011, former Maryland receiver Torrey Smith ranks in the top 10 among AFC receivers in yards per catch (fourth, 17.2), touchdown catches (sixth, 19) and receiving yards (eighth, 2,842)
During the 2012 season capped by a Super Bowl XLVII victory, the Ravens' wide receivers finished with 3,996 receiving yards to set a franchise record.
Hostler is a former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator during the 2007 season when the 49ers finished last in the NFL in yards and scoring.
Hostler coached Anquan Boldin for three seasons in Baltimore prior to his trade last March to the 49ers with Boldin catching 186 passes for 2,645 yards.
Hostler has previous coaching stints with the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. He coached collegiately at his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Juniata College.